Cat-astrophe in the making? ANOTHER feline tests positive for coronavirus, this time in Hong Kong - 8時間前  RT

A pet cat has tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 coronavirus in Hong Kong, after apparently contracting the disease from its owner. Last week, another feline turned out to have the virus in Belgium. The Hong Kong cat patient was sent to a special animal quarantine facility on Monday, after its owner, a 25-year-old woman, was confirmed to have contracted the disease. Samples collected from the feline’s oral, nasal and rectal cavities tested positive for the virus, but it did not show any symptoms. “The cat has not shown any signs of disease,” ...more
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France records worst day of Covid-19 deaths as health official laments ‘totally unprecedented’ situation - 10時間前  RT

Health officials in France have confirmed the worst one-day fatalities from Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak there, with 499 deaths in a single day. The figure brings the country’s overall toll from the virus to 3,523. The new tally marks a third consecutive day of increased coronavirus deaths in France. Delivering the figures in a press briefing on Tuesday, Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon described the situation as "totally unprecedented in the history of French medicine." Also on rt.com ...more
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Global Covid-19 death toll hits 40,000 as countries continue to struggle with outbreak - 12時間前  RT

The latest coronavirus figures compiled separately by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and the AFP news agency each show that the global death toll from Covid-19 has reached 40,000. An increasing death toll across both Western Europe and in the US was a major contributor to the somber milestone. Earlier on Tuesday, Spanish authorities confirmed a jump of 849 in Covid-19 deaths – the largest number of fatalities the country has recorded in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, authorities in Germany said the country now has at least...more
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How disinformation really works: Activists linked to Pro-nato think tank smear Russian Covid-19 aid to Italy - 12時間前  RT

With over 11,000 deaths and more than 100,000 cases of Covid-19, Italy is currently a country which feels under siege. But this is no impediment to the think tank racket twisting an offer of support for its propaganda purposes. Let's be clear from the outset, there was undoubtably a strong PR element to Russia's assistance. However, also bear in mind that Moscow was responding to a request from Rome. Here's what happened. The weekend before last, Vladimir Putin called Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. During the conversation, Conte asked for help, according to ...more
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Dutch Navy submarine aborts North Sea training mission due to Covid-19 outbreak on board - 16時間前  RT

A Dutch combat submarine was forced to cut its voyage short and quickly return home after several of its crew members tested positive for the Covid-19 disease. The mission was aborted after 15 sailors on board the Walrus-class submarine HNLMS 'Dolfijn' showed flu-like symptoms. Eight of them later tested positive for Covid-19, the Dutch Defense Ministry said. The outbreak was discovered when the submarine was on a training mission in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. The disease forced the vessel to cut its trip short and return to the Den Helder naval base t...more
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World breaks another grim covid-19 milestone as global cases surpass 800,000 - 17時間前  RT

The number of cases of coronavirus infection around the world surpassed 800,000 confirmed cases on Tuesday according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. At time of writing the total number of coronavirus cases worldwide stands at 800,049 resulting in some 38,714 deaths. Of this grim total, the US accounts for 164,000 cases followed by Italy with 101,739 and Spain with 87,956, marking the three largest and most severe outbreaks within the wider, global pandemic. Authorities the world over are preaching continued caution, as WHO experts in Asia warn that ...more
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12yo girl dies of Covid-19 victims in Belgium, as country counts 700+ victims - 19時間前  RT

A 12-year-old girls has died of the coronavirus in Belgium, becoming the youngest person to succumb to the disease in the country, authorities have announced. The epidemic death toll has surpassed 700 in Belgium. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Head of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute defends Covid-19 optimism but says current mortality rate will rise - 20時間前  RT

President of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler believes that Germany’s current Covid-19 mortality rate of 0.8 percent would rise further but defended his optimism on flattening the curve of infection in the country. During Tuesday morning's briefing, Wieler stated that Germany's coronavirus strategy would remain the same for the time being: containment, protection of the most vulnerable demographics in society like the elderly and immunocompromised and increasing hospital capacity where possible. He warned that the pandemic will continue for months, not weeks,...more
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US renews sanctions on Iran's nuclear program, threatens economic pressure despite calls to lift restrictions amid pandemic - 21時間前  RT

The US has renewed sanctions curtailing Iran's nuclear program for another 60 days, as Iran issued pleas for the US to ease its pressure campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic to avoid humanitarian and economic crisis. "We will continue to use the full range of our diplomatic and economic tools to constrain Iran's destabilizing proliferation activities," the US State Department said in a statement. The US re-imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran after Washington unilaterally left the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program in 2018. The ...more
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Covid-19 pandemic in Asia 'far from over,' countries should brace for 'large-scale community transmission,' WHO warns - 1日前  RT

While some Asian countries appear to have slowed down the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease, no nation should let its guard down, World Health Organization (WHO) experts have warned. "Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific," WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai told reporters on Tuesday. This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard... We need every country to keep preparing for large-scale community transmission. While positive news has been coming out of China and South Korea, w...more
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Russian Covid-19 plane aid to US: Putin asked Trump if he needed help & he accepted, Kremlin spokesman says - 10時間前  RT

A cargo plane loaded with medical supplies and protection equipment may depart for the US by the end of the day Tuesday, the Kremlin said after a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The issue of protective gear was raised in the telephone conversation between the two leaders on Monday, with Putin asking if the US needed help and Trump accepting, spokesman for the president Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. Also on rt.com ‘Happily surprised’? Trump says...more
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Middle aged also facing greater risk from deadly Covid-19 pandemic — study - 12時間前  RT

While elderly people face the greatest risk from the coronavirus, patients in their 50s may be also highly affected, according to a newly released study. It comes as global cases of Covid-19 cracked the 800,000 mark. The research conducted by the British specialists is a comprehensive investigation into deaths and hospitalizations reported to national and provincial health commissions in China. Among others, scientists estimated "the time between onset of symptoms and outcome (death or discharge from hospital)" using the individual-case data. Funded by the UK Medic...more
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Attempted coup & assassinations: Venezuelan prosecutors subpoena Guaido as ‘among main perpetrators’ in US-backed regime-change op - 12時間前  RT

Venezuela’s prosecutors have summoned Juan Guaido over his role in the “attempted coup d’etat,” as well as in alleged assassination attempts. Guaido is the main figure in US-backed efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The move was announced by Attorney General Tarek William Saab on Tuesday in a televised speech. The official described Guaido as “one of the main perpetrators” of a "new" attempted coup. The move comes after a cache of weaponry, said to be smuggled into Venezuela, was seized in neighboring Colombia last week. “As part of last wee...more
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Talk like Doraemon & don't nag: Malaysian Health Ministry issues coronavirus lockdown advisory for wives, sparking fierce backlash - 14時間前  RT

Malaysian health authorities have issued a coronavirus lockdown advisory for wives, urging them not to "nag" their husbands and instead be "feminine." The advice was deemed to be highly sexist and attracted a storm of criticism. The ministry shared its wisdom on social media, releasing an infographic on how to act 'properly' during isolation. One image provides an insight for wives on how to do house chores while being stuck inside with their spouses. As domestic violence cases surge the world over during #Covid19 #stayathome measures, Malaysia’s Women,...more
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Beijing won't just 'watch Huawei be slaughtered on the chopping board', company chief warns US  - 16時間前  RT

Banning Chinese products from the American market may result in a retaliation from the Chinese market, Huawei head has warned. If the electronic giant is barred from the US, the same may happen to American firms in China. "The Chinese government will not just stand by and watch Huawei be slaughtered on the chopping board," Chairman Eric Xu told reporters at the launch of Huawei's annual report. "Why wouldn't the Chinese government ban the use of 5G chips or 5G chip-powered base stations, smartphones and other smart devices provided by American companies, for cyberse...more
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Iran-Turkey gas pipeline stops functioning after 'terrorist' attack – gas company official (VIDEO) - 18時間前  RT

A senior official with Iran's state gas company has alleged that terrorists were behind an explosion and massive fire on the pipeline transporting natural gas from the Islamic Republic to Turkey. "This morning, terrorists attacked a natural gas pipeline inside Turkey near Iran's Bazargan border with Turkey," National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Dispatching Director Mehdi Jamshidi Dana said on Tuesday, as cited by Reuters. The official told IRNA that fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a guerilla group active in eastern Turkey, have attacked the pipeline...more
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Spain’s covid-19 death toll rises by a record 849 overnight as cases almost reach 95,000 - 19時間前  RT

The number of covid-19 cases in Spain rose from 85,195 Monday to 94,417 as of Tuesday morning while the death toll rose by 849 to 8,189 according to the latest figures from the Spanish Health Ministry. The increase in the death toll was the highest one-day total in the country since the outbreak began. However, despite this, it still marked a slightly lower increase in percentage terms than previous days. Spain's emergency health chief Fernando Simon tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday night and he was replaced by his deputy chief Maria Jose Sierra who confirm...more
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Sweden’s teens warned to stop deliberately coughing on the elderly in despicable ‘coronavirus challenge’ - 21時間前  RT

Authorities in the Swedish municipality of Eslov have warned residents that teenagers are knowingly coughing, sneezing, and spitting beside the elderly in the so-called ‘coronavirus challenge.’ Parents have been advised to “talk” with their children after a number of reports of targeted unsavory and unsanitary behavior by the local youth against the elderly. Sweden has opted not to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement of its citizens, contrary to most other countries. However, universities and high schools have shut, meaning a bored youth is ap...more
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Germany sees 4-digit jump in Covid-19 cases to 61,913 as death toll nears 600 - 22時間前  RT

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen from 57,298 to 61,913 in 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has reported. The disease has claimed 128 more lives, bringing the total death toll to 583. Germany is considering new measures that would help deal with the coronavirus, including tracking movement of patients through their phones. The approach is used by several other nations like Singapore and Israel, but digital surveillance is a touchy subject in Germany. Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said tracking apps may be used in the coun...more
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India & Pakistan convert trains into mobile Covid-19 hospitals (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - 1日前  RT

Pakistan’s national railway has converted all of its business class coaches into rolling quarantine wards for Covid-19 patients, adding thousands of beds to the fight against the virus, a move mirroring a similar project in India. The mobile isolation units are ready to ship out to any part of the country connected by rail lines, offering much needed relief to local authorities in Pakistan’s hardest-hit regions, Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad announced on Monday at the Rawalpindi train station in Punjab, a major stop on the Karachi–Peshawar line. ...more
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